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What's the meaning & relevance of LIC logo "yogakshemam vahamyaham"?

Q. What's the source and meaning of this verse? Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the source of this verse: अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जनाः पर्युपासते। तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां योगक्षेमं वहाम्यहम्।।9.22।। And ...
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Definition of Bhagavan as per Vishnu Purana

The Vishnu Purana defines Bhagavān as follows, उत्पत्तिं प्रलयं चैव भूतानामागतिं गतिम् | वेत्तिं विद्यामविद्यां च स वाच्यो भगवानिति || He who understands the creation and dissolution, the ...
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What is "Brahm" in "Brahmacharya"? How does it relate to celibacy?

This answer is based on teachings of Swami Sivananda. Swami Sivananda wrote many books explaining Brahmacharya, such as Practice of Brahmacharya. I will quotes some of his words here. Swami Sivanada ...
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What does the expression "kalpa bheda" mean?

What does the expression “kalpa bheda” mean? Kalpa Bheda means differences due to Kalpa or cycle (in Hinduism, a kalpa is equal to 4.32 billion years, a "day of Brahma" or one thousand ...
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Mythology vs itihasa?

We need to see what term is used for those scriptures in our scriptures. We should stick to it. The word used is "Itihasa" only. Here are various references from various scriptures: One ...
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What was the name of 'Hindustan' before 'Bharat'?

The name was Ajanābha-varṣa. This was the name given to the planet earth. But after the activities of the king Bharata, the country is named as Bhārata-varṣa. This is said in the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. ...
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When was the expression "Sanatana Dharma" first used and what does it mean?

Sanatana (सनातन) is a Sanskrit word referring to eternal, having no beginning or end. The phrase dharma sanātana does occur in Hinduism scriptures. Traced back as far as valmiki Ramayana . The word ...
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What is a definition of being a Hindu and can one be a Hindu without being a particular caste?

what makes one a Hindu? To be a Hindu, One must learn and understand its very concept. There is no conversion ceremony in Hinduism like in Christianity. However Hinduism follows pluralism. Hence ...
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What is Adhyatma (spiritual)?

Adhyatma means relating to Atman or belonging to self. In other words, transcendental. The Sanskrit word अध्यात्म is combination of two words : अधि + आत्म = अध्यात्म. Adhi(अधि) means over/upon/...
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What is Purascharana and how is it done?

According to Meru Tantram, a Shakta Agama : One (& the best ) way (sadhan or means) of attaining the "Chaturvidha Purusharthas" (Dharma ,Artha etc) is Mantra. And, the first act (Purah=First, ...
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What is "Brahm" in "Brahmacharya"? How does it relate to celibacy?

Lord Krishna was referred as "आजीवम् ब्रह्मचारिन्" (lifelong BrahmachAri). How can it be true, when he had 8 main wives & lot of children. For the time being i am addressing only the above ...
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Who is considered Hindu?

In his lecture The Common Bases of Hinduism, Swami Vivekananda says the following on being Hindu: There are certain great principles in which, I think, we — whether Vaishnavas, Shaivas, Shāktas, ...
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What is the difference between Mukti and Moksha

Mukti does not necessarily always mean Moksha. it depends on how the word is used in the sentence. For example in the words like Rogamukti (freedom from disease), Rinamukti (freedom from debt) etc it ...
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What is Sam-Dan-Danda-Bhed?

I always learned this as Sama, Dana, Beda, Danda, but I suppose that the meaning is the same. It's a more advanced version of the English 'carrot-vs-stick' idea. Basically, these are forms of ...
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What is the purpose of the caste system? How has it changed?

The caste-system a few thousand years ago was largely Varna (profession) based. The caste-system as we see today, was artificially created and then systematically enforced by the British to dominate ...
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What is "Moksha" in Hinduism?

To understand the Moksha, one should first understand the concept of Samsara and life cycle of soul. Samsara means cycle of repetitive birth-rebirth. Jiva gets birth according to his past Karma, then ...
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Do any Hindu scriptures say that Hinduism is not a religion but simply a way of life?

I find this notion amusing because I think Hinduism is just opposite. Yes, what you think is right. So, no Hindu scriptures say that Hinduism is just a way of life. But. having said that i need a ...
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Is hetuvāda now a derogatory term? In what context did Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata use the word?

I have found one instance in Valmiki Ramayana, Bala Kanda: Sarga 14, where the term Hetuvada is used. This word is used during the Horse-sacrifice of Dasharatha where Sages and Brahmins were doing ...
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Does kalpa bheda explanation for reconciling different narrative in puranas have scriptural basis?

Yes, it's mentioned in scriptures: Shiva Purana: RUDRASAMHITA: KUMARAKHANDA: Chapter 13. Birth of Ganesha Brahma said: Due to the difference of Kalpas, the story of the birth of GaneSa is told in ...
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What is implied by the word 'Desika'

According to Tantric scriptures, Deshika is used to denote the Guru, who is capable of doing Anugraha towards the disciple. A formal definition is as follows: DevatA-rupa-dhAritvAcchishyAnugraha-...
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Who are the Samaneans?

From the quoted passage, it seems that St Jerome is referring to Śramaṇas. These are also called Samanas in Pali. The meaning of this term is "One who labours for a higher purpose or religious purpose"...
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Partition of night in to parts

From Bhagavata Purana 3.11.10: यामाश्चत्वारश्चत्वारो मर्त्यानामहनी उभे । पक्ष: पञ्चदशाहानि शुक्ल: कृष्णश्च मानद ॥ १० ॥ It is calculated that there are four praharas, which are also called yāmas, in ...
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Why is Brahma referred as Viranchi in Scriptures?

Virañci means "he who creates." Following are the various names of Brahmā from the Puranic Encyclopedia. In Amarakośa, the following names are given to Brahmā. Brahmātmabhūḥ surajyeṣṭhaḥ ...
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Who is a pasandi?

Pashanda (पाषण्ड) according to Sanskrit Dictionary means one who is heretical or impious or a person who does not follow the Vedas or a person who falsely impersonates a Brahmanical/Vedic persona. ...
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Meaning of Sadhu, Sant, Rishi and Muni

Ṛṣi (ऋषि) Medhātithi commenting on the opening verse of Manusmṛti defines Ṛṣi (ऋषि) as both denoting the Vedas and also those who excel at Vedas both in words and actions. मनुमेकाग्रमासीनमभिगम्य ...
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What is "Brahm" in "Brahmacharya"? How does it relate to celibacy?

The word Brahmacharya has technically nothing to do celibacy or abstinence as popularly known. After the advent of samnyasa and related sects, there was heavy importance given to renunciation and ...
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Shaivism or Shivaism?

From Wikipedia of Shaivism, Shaivism ([Śaivam]) (Devanagari: शैव संप्रदाय) (Tamil: சைவம்) is one of the major traditions within Hinduism that reveres Shiva as the Supreme Being or its metaphysical ...
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